Category: Bulbs

Daffodil cut flowers

Ever wondered why cut daffodils are always massed on their own, rather than mixed with other spring flowers? It is because when daffodils are cut, their stems give off a slime which dissolves in water and is poisonous to other…

Difference between a daffodil and a narcissus

There is no difference between daffodil and narcissus. The botanical name narcissus is used for both plants. The separation into narcissus and daffodil is an entirely artificial one that has been created by gardeners. Gardeners tend to use the name…

Daffodils not flowering

If the clumps of daffodils scattered in your established borders have healthy leaves but give very few flowers then most like cause is that they have become overcrowded. You just need to lift them, separate them gently – and replant…

Daffodil Rot – Basal Rot

If you dug up the daffodils to divide or replant and find that the daffodils have rotten at the bottom even though it was not a particularly wet season, then probably they are suffering from basal rot, a fungus disease so called…

Corms

Difference between bulbs and corms Bulbs and corms both occur on plants which have evolved reservoirs in which to store energy during dormant periods. But the plants swell in different parts of their anatomy. A bulb is a swelling of…

Acidantheras Bulb – How to make them flower

Acidantheras resemble small white gladioli and their flowers are sweetly scented. The problem with them is that, coming originally from tropical Africa, they cannot abide frost, and need a longer growing season. If you plant them towards the end of…

Crocus Gardening|Planting crocus on grass

If you intend growing just a few crocuses in your lawn, plant each one individually using a small trowel or dibber to cut through the turf. Cover each corm with a little less than its own depth of soil to…

Snowdrops and Snowflakes

Snowdrops Galanthus (Snowdrop) bulbs flourish in most soils, provided that they are kept moist and in the shade. They should be planted while the leaves are still green. There are several species, but the most common are: Galanthus elwesii, which…

Bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes

Bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes can all be described in general terms as being ‘storage depots’ for the foods that sustain the plant during its resting period, enabling them to grow and flower later. The most important characteristic they share…

Small Blue Flower Bulbs

Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) Chionodoxa  has blue star-shaped flowers that appear in late March and April clustered into a loose spike on a stem whose total length is no more than about 1 5 cm (6 in). Several flower stems…